Committee Reports

Comment on Legislation to Prohibit Cruel Treatment of Elephants


The Committee on Animal Law has issued a report supporting State legislation that would prohibit certain enumerated acts that constitute cruel treatment of elephants. The Committee has supported legislation to ban or severely restrict the use of animals in circuses and by other exhibitors due to the animal welfare and public safety concerns associated with such activities. Short of a full ban, the Committee supports the proposed legislation as a means of prohibiting some of the most egregious abuses of elephants who are subject to inhumane handling, discipline, and training techniques by circuses and other traveling shows.


A.1555 (AM Paulin) / S.56 (Sen. Hoylman) – prohibits cruel treatment of elephants (NYS 2015-16)